August 18th, 2008
12:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama VP buzz squarely on Biden

Speculation is building Biden will be named Obama's running mate.
Speculation is building Biden will be named Obama's running mate.

(CNN) – When Joe Biden returns to Capitol Hill Monday from his two-day trip to embattled Georgia, vice presidential speculation will rest squarely on him.

The longtime Delaware senator and former presidential candidate has long been considered to be on the shortlist for Barack Obama's running mate, but his quickly-planned trip to Georgia Saturday night at the behest of that country's president left Washington buzzing he is the most likely choice.

Watch: Will it be Biden?

After all, the Georgia crisis appears to have put national security issues again at the forefront of the presidential campaign, and it's an issue where John McCain has long held the advantage over Obama. The Illinois senator, so the Beltway chatter goes, needs a running-mate with foreign policy experience now more than ever.

If Biden does aspire to be on the Democratic presidential ticket, the trip couldn't have come at a better time - reinforcing his lengthy resume on matters of foreign policy and reminding voters, and Obama, he is well respected by foreign leaders half a world away.

The trip also comes days before Obama is expected to reveal his VP choice - with only days remaining until the Democratic convention, the choice is expected to come this week.

CNN Political Market: Biden's stock on the rise

But of course Biden suggested before he left Saturday he isn't making the trip for political reasons.
"I am going to Georgia this weekend to get the facts first-hand and to show my support for Georgia’s people and its democratically-elected government," he said in a statement. "I look forward to reporting to my colleagues in the Senate and on the Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Administration, about what I learn."

He may have one or two conversations with his colleague from Illinois too.

Related: Countdown is on for Obama's VP announcement


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden
soundoff (374 Responses)
  1. Marti

    Why doesn't CNN stick to reporting news and not gossip. Until a VP candidate is chosen, it is not news. Fill your program with real information.

    August 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Tim

    Blowhard Biden? Yeah, he gives Obama the experience he lacks. It may be the first time a VP is more qualified than the President.

    The good news is the Republicans will have PLENTY of gaffes from Biden to choose from.

    August 18, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. LET IT GO

    I HOPE IT'S BIDEN.

    August 18, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Brando

    The Democratic Party NEEDS a MAJOR! OVERHAUL!. Forget about 2008 (Barack's gonna fell out short, i.e no 270 EV for him come Nov.) or 2012 (The electoral college's gonna change because of the 2010 Census). So start thinking about 2016. You got 8 yrs. You've! been! warned!.

    August 18, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. energy

    Biden can not heal the wounds from Clinton supporters. He can be very goofy sometimes. He seems lost in many cases. Two candiates with history of plagiarism on one ticket?

    Can any one actually like to see Biden speak without Obama?

    Let's watch it, Dems. How about if McSHAME pulls a fast one a names a white female as running mate? Biden does not add any thing to the ticket. Not even change, not even Billary supporters.

    Barack: Please, no Biden!!

    August 18, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Trenchtownrock

    My choices are Biden or Gov. Richardson. Both these men are awesome choices that would bring credibility to Obama.

    August 18, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Pat F

    What a hoot!

    An empty suit with no resume as the presidential candidate, and for the VP candidate, a knucklehead who steals speeches from losers in the British Labor Party!

    I guess compared to Obama, even an airhead like Biden looks weighty!

    August 18, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. lp

    Joe Biden is NOT a good possible VP. He opens his mouth and puts his foot in it toooo many times! There are other better choices out there than Biden.

    August 18, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. What?

    That’s right Obama press on with the business that is causing severe negative impact on us the 98% of voters who are suffering the most without jobs, without affordable healthcare and the unconditional love for human lives that God has listed in the BIBLE. If we are to talk about the Bible and real religion let’s not over look the commandments when it comes to thinking you are the CHOSEN one’s, it states…..THY SHOULD NOT KILL & THY SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTRY……Didn't McCain vote YES for the WAR and wasn‘t he with Cindy during his first marriage and didn‘t he leave a wife that was hurt physically and emotionally to enjoy himself while he bliss in the arms of a millionaire?…

    God knew that if he left this to these groups of people they would judge everyone else but themselves. I will continue to see them as equal flesh and bones as me and you. What’s so sad about this is they have a nerve to QUESTION your religion when for a fact WE should be question our own. He hasn’t given any one of religion HIS key to HIS Golden Gate to heaven, GOD has and will always control this himself, HE is the ONE. I don't see why people (of the same flesh body) finds it easy to judge someone else when their secret closet probably have stones as big as mountains. Why they think (like LAST election) they can judge and tell us which political candidate is better for God and his people. JUDGE GODLY, NOT MANLY.

    GO OBAMA 08

    August 18, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Ron

    Please, NOT Biden.

    He's old, a Washington insider...He's exactly the kind of politician Obama has been talking about not being. He does NOT fit into the young-hopeful-forward looking-change theme of the Obama campaign.

    Biden sticks his foot in his mouth all the time.
    He's likely to Gaffe big time, and the well run Obama campaign does not need that.

    THREE BETTER CHOICES....
    Kaine is Southern, young, popular and Obama needs Virginia.
    Sebelius is a Governor, Popular, will get woman voters and from Ohio.
    Bayh is not a "celebrity", but young, a Hillary backer and well qualified.

    August 18, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Nathan,

    The people who are going to vote on national security aren't going to vote for Obama anyway. This election will be won on economics and who can make my life better. Biden dosen't do anything for the ticket on that. The Obama camp is worried about having Bill Clinton running around and not Joe Biden. Give me a break. The economy and who can handle it best will win this election and Hillary Clinton won on that poll over and over. When will Democrats ever grow up. If the Republicans had the race the Democrats had the person in who finished second would get the nod despite what occurred during the primary. The Democrats as usual will blow this thing because we
    re emotional ans silly. You make this an election about national security and you loss. Its that simple.

    August 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Corey, Maryland

    As much as i like Mr. Biden, Obamas VP needs to be Bill Richardson!!!

    August 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. John Air Force Vet

    Bidden is very experience, intelligent and not working with a lobbyist who was paid $800,000 ny the Georgian government. And since there is no place to comment on McCain and the 'cone of silence I would appreciate a chance to say this CNN: I do think he heard part of the questions and even commented to my wife during the forum that he seemed to almost answer some of the questions even before thy were out of Warren's mouth. Why was McCain so unchactoristically well spoken and confident? Why did Warren repeat ademently the McCain was in the cone before it was ever questioned?

    August 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Black the vote

    Maybe HE should be the prez?

    Or...here's a no-brainer... what about HRC? After all, She WAS cheated out of the nomination, by voter intimidation, caucus voting irregularities and by disenfranchising millions of those who cast a ballot for her.

    August 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. joann toth

    Joe Bidden is a lightweight. I can't imagine him as vice president or president. If he is chosen as Obama's running mate I will not consider voting for them.

    August 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. egas

    Biden is the perfect pick! No way they can loose!

    August 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Terri

    That might get him 2 votes.

    August 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Beto

    It's now more clear than ever that the democrats should have taken a better look at Joe Biden during the primaries. He clearly was/is the most experienced democrat available. But no, democratic voters got caught up in the popularity contest between Obama & Clinton, while not taking a second look at what's best for the country, rather than the ticket. Now that he realizes he doesn't have enough experience of his own, the Obama ticket is apparently looking to Joe for some guidance. If they want me to possibly consider changing my mind from McCain, they'd dump Obama while there's still a chance and put Joe Biden in the drivers seat.

    August 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Right

    Who cares?

    No one but Hillary Clinton is thr right choice- and I mean for PRESIDENT, not for VP.

    August 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. paula

    bite me....this is rediculous...I'm so sick of these old tickets ...if Hillary is not acceptable because she represents old politics, what is this old nasty senator?

    August 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Wood

    Certainly on the short list...

    August 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Kate

    Welcome to WORLD Socialism if Joe Biden gets the nod....

    Biden is so PRO UNITED NATIONS and "helping" the world....just like George Soros!

    We need to fix AMERICA FIRST!!!

    August 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. nic

    Thank god that it won't be Hill-dog. Can you imagine the effective attack ads that the Republicans could use? sheesh!

    August 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Marc, Toronto

    I believe that Barack Obama needs either Hillary Clinton to secure the female, Latino and elderly vote or Bill Richardson to secure the Latino vote. Either would insure an Obama win.

    Joe Biden is good and would be an excellent choice as the Secretary of Defense but Barack needs Hillary or Richardson to compensate for the RNC's smear politics campaigning that seems to be working for them.

    August 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Wood

    I suppose Hill has a better resume than Biden? Her foreign pol experience consisted of shaking hands w/dignitaries...

    August 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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